Summer Semester in Alaska

Summer Semester in Alaska


  • Experience Alaska's untamed wilderness on this action-packed semester
  • Backpacking, sea kayaking, and mountaineering or river rafting sections
  • See caribou, brown bear, orca, sea otters, porpoises, seals, and sea birds
  • Experience life with over 20 hours of sunlight daily
  • Opportunities for day hikes and fishing
  • Certifications: NOLS Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification (semester that includes rafting) and Leave No Trace Master Educator
Your semester in Alaska includes everything from forested coastlines to the snow and ice of the high mountain peaks to the tundra and rivers in between.

In the long days of the northern summer, you'll have plenty of time to learn about and travel through wild Alaska. Hiking takes you to the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and its greatest collection of peaks over 16,000 feet in elevation.

You may chose the mountaineering section which travels even further into this area, an ideal training ground for learning to live and climb on snow and ice. Or chose rafting instead which floats from the headwaters of the Copper River to the ocean, over 200 miles! Rafting near calving glaciers is a true Alaska experience. The rafting semester also offers a Wilderness First-Aid certification.

Finally, you will spend over three weeks sea kayaking in Prince William Sound.

Amidst all this activity, you can also expect an extensive environmental studies curriculum, giving you a unique perspective on some of the world's most stunning wilderness. After honing skills and leadership for 75 days at NOLS Alaska, you can be confident traveling in a variety of wilderness settings.


Location NOLS Alaska
Tuition $12,075 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $850
Minimum Age 17
Duration 75 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Palmer, NOLS Alaska
Fly in/out Anchorage, NOLS Alaska
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Biology
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“[Mountaineering] puts you in an environment where you're pushed to the limits, doing things you've never done in your life.”

-Alycia G.